AT&T and Calexico Community Center host technology literacy classes



California Assembly member Eduardo Garcia (middle front), Bill Hodge, Calexico city councilman (middle left) and Julio Figueroa, instructor (middle back), stand next to all of the participants of a recent tech literacy class held in Calexico’s Community Center.

CALEXICO – As technology advances every day, some students are keeping up, while others are falling behind. The Calexico Community Center hosted a technology literacy class to help adult community members become more fluent in technology. The event is hosted locally around the Imperial Valley to help promote tech literacy.

“We focus on senior citizens to improve technology literacy. The purpose is to promote technology usage to all members since many in our community have never used technology,” said Eduardo Garcia, California State assembly member.

In the event, AT&T representatives helped participants learn basic connectivity skills and alerted them about the dangers of cyberspace.   

“When using a public wifi you should not be inputting personal information such as Social Security (numbers), because that is not a secured wifi. A wifi at home is secured, because it has a password and only you have access to it,” said Julio Figueroa.

In many situations, members of our older society seems to fall behind with technology. With the help of these classes, technological literacy could begin to improve. 

“Many seniors have needs that are not always to their access. With technology you have a huge resource like health services, housing, and transportation. Ultimately the goal here is to talk and teach about the importance of technology,” said Garcia.

Throughout the class, some participants looked confused and others were frustrated from not being able to connect on their first try.

“We need to help our residents be literate with technology for all aspects of learning both in and out of class. The goal is to have this access for everyone regardless of social or economic class,” Garcia pointed out.

With the funding available for Act 1665, the Imperial Valley would be able to provide more resources to its local rural areas.

“In the realm of technology, this is a democracy. This act will close the gap between those who have and those who do not have broadband connectivity. Without access to technology democracy is not performing at its highest level,” said Bill Hodge, a Calexico Council member.

“We want to reach out to the various senior centers in the valley. This event is was hosted here in Calexico, and tomorrow, we will be visiting Brawley. These classes are free and anyone is welcomed to attend,” said Garcia.

In hopes to inform more elderly citizens, AT&T hosted the event and allowed each participant to use an iPad for teaching purposes.  

AT&T is concerned about the inequality and limited access, so they want to help the community by providing a basic tablet skills class and give participants access to state of the art technology,” said Hodge.